Arts Collaboratory

Open call: Residency opportunity for Colombian Artist

Artists, Curators, or Researchers

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"This residency is exclusively for resident citizens from Colombia, developed with the support of Arts Collaboratory and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia. It welcomes proposals from diverse cultural agents, artists, writers, researchers, curators, and other interested in creative projects, research, and collaboration within the context of Arts Collaboratory organization in Middle East, Afica and Asia.

The residency is based on the desire to promote knowledge exchange, the melding of social and cultural contexts, dialog, experimentation and the intersection of disciplines in order to generate collaborative processes in the host spaces. The residencies are open to a diversity of practices, offer a range of opportunities and seek processes that involve creative risk taking, which can expand the limits of the participant’s experiences. The residents should be willing to be actively involved in the host organization’s programs and documentation processes, which will later be shared via the different informational platforms of the Arts Collaboratory and will serve as a basis for the development of pedagogical tools and for the presentation of the results of the residency. Upon returning to their country of residence, the resident commits to sharing their experience and what was learned in Colombia with their community.

Descriptions of the programs, interests and profile of each organization in Arts Collaboratory and links to their web sites can be found at the end of this post. Please review them before beginning the application process.

Criteria for selected projects:

  1. Interest of the proposal and connection of the proposal with the host(s) organization profile and lines of work.

  2. Viability.

  3. Interview with finalists.

  4. Willingness to participate in the organization programing and  collaborate with the documentation processes.

  5. Commitment to share the experience in their home country/outputs and outcomes.


Open call: 1st February, 2017

Deadline for applications: 28th April, 2017

Selected Artists Announced: 28th July, 2017

Residencies to take place in the second half of 2017


The residency fellowship should cover:

- Airplane tickets, health insurance, visa.

- Logistical advice

- Lodging

- Per diem

- Production cost

- Artist Fee

- Institutional management

- Other needs

How to apply:

Please check the requirements directly to Minister of Culture  guidelines (pag 93) Link

To more information you can send your questions and doubts to







































AC Organizations that can receive residents from Colombia in 2017:

Ashkal Alwan - Lebanon


Al-ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art - Palestine

The Residency program at Al Ma'mal provides local and visiting artists, curators and researchers with accommodation and studio facilities, providing a unique experience to stay inside the Old City of Jerusalem for the creation, development and exchange of creative ideas and projects. The program serves most of all as a meeting place for artists: facilitating creative encounters, discussions and the exchange of experiences, and then opening these up to the public, acting as a conduit to the outside world.

In the course of the residencies, artists are encouraged to propose projects that engage the public and local community, to share knowledge and creative tools through workshops, discussions and public programs. Each visiting artist is given the opportunity to propose and focus on a particular project whilst in residence, which may be influenced or inspired by the reality of daily life in the city, the country and the region. Opportunities to work with local artists and and the local community during the residencies will be plentiful, and strongly encouraged.

Art Group 705 - Kyrgyzstan

Specific interests regarding residencies: DIY, wood, cooking as art experience, theater, performance, site specific projects.

Centre Soleil d'Afrique - Mali

We are working on visual arts, and young artists promotion, so we will be interest to host Colombian artists who are working on visual arts , multimedia oriented in the social context.

Darb 1718 - Cairo/Egypt

Darb 1718 is visual arts space that mainly presents local and regional contemporary visual arts. Situated in the heart of Old Cairo, our organization works with the surrounding community; penetrating this community is still challenging, but we aim to increase our work and thus impact on the surrounding areas. Besides its community engagement program, Darb 1718 aims at presenting high caliber contemporary art to the general public. We are open to the different mediums in which contemporary art present itself. We have facilities suitable to host different art events; two gardens, three main exhibition indoor spaces, roofs, and the open-floor areas in-between.

Doual’art - Cameroon


Kër Thiossane - Senegal


KUNCI - Indonesia

KUNCI is interested to host Colombian artist which has interest on experimental pedagogy models, collaboration, and other forms of collective or community-based projects. We have experience in working with issues around family/community history, commons, migrant workers, alternative economy, media convergence and technology. We are also currently developing a publishing house as part of our economical sustainability plan.

Nubuke Foundation. Ghana

Our preference for a residency is to host artists who are exploring the medium of clay and textiles. They will work with artisanal communities in the upper west region of Ghana and create works to link our worlds. Our programme in wa promotes artisanal and contemporary art practice by encouraging conversation and experimentation between.

Theertha - Sri Lanka

Theertha is an autonomous, artist-led non-profit initiative based in Colombo. It was established in 2000 to facilitate the local community of artists in innovation, experimentation, exchange and dialogue within Sri Lanka. Since its inception has grown from a small informal group to an organization with a gallery and accommodation for artists curators and other collaborators. Theertha is primarily a space for artists engaged in contemporary art practice.

We are an artists led initiative and we prefer artists that work in collaboration of Sri Lankan artists addressing issues of social violence, women's issues, nationalism, racism, environmental issues.

RIWAQ - Palestine

Since 1991, RIWAQ has recognized the challenging complexities of preserving Palestinian collective memory through projects that document and restore architectural heritage sites across the West Bank and Gaza ( RIWAQ acknowledges the importance of cultural activities and engaging in the public sphere as means for social change. Riwaq, therefore, initiated Riwaq Biennale in 2005 and co-founded Qalandiya International in 2012 as multidisciplinary platforms that address community concerns and urgent matters. Now Riwaq Biennale in its 5th edition and Qalandiya International in its 3rd, through these platforms, hundreds of events were carried out and thousands of audiences participated and triggered multitude of collaborations within and beyond Palestine. During 2017, Riwaq is partnering with the Sharjah Biennale to implement “Do it in Arabic" Project or "Do it بالعربي". This is a regional cultural and artistic event that is co-curated by Sharjah Art Foundation Director, Hoor Al Qasimi, and Serpentine Gallery co-Director, Hans Ulrich Obrist, that Riwaq is partnering with. The "do it بالعربي" includes over 70 newly commissioned artist instructions. In a way that would allow an integration between the vision of “do it”, with Riwaq’s mission to rehabilitate villages through community mobilization, in a way that would allow for the connection between several villages in the Palestinian rural landscape. The project will be launched in April 2017 in Ramallah and will continue in other three villages of the West Bank.

Ruangrupa - Indonesia


32º East | Ugandan Arts Trust - Uganda

32º East | Ugandan Arts Trust is an independent non-profit organisation focused on the creation and exploration of contemporary art in Uganda. Our multi-purpose resource centre is based in the capital city Kampala and includes studios, accommodations for artists in residence, a contemporary art library, computers and editing suites, meeting areas and outdoor workspaces. Among other benefits, our program offers: - Connections to local galleries, organisations and authorities that include; Kampala City Council Authority, Afriart Gallery, Kampala Art Beinnale, Goethe-Zentrum, Alliance Franciase AKA Gallery, Umoja Gallery, Uganda Museum, Weaverbird Art Foundation, Maisha Film Lab, FEMRITE, and Bayimba amongst others. - An art specific and Africa focused library with journals, magazines, books, catalogues and DVDs. - 24-hour access to a private, lockable 20ft studio that has been converted from a shipping container. - Documentation of residency through a 2-minute video profile and photographs. - Weekly one on one or group critique sessions. - Private bedroom in a shared apartment that includes kitchen, bathroom, living room, washing machine and security. - Free daily lunch at 32° East. Our residency programme is intended for practitioners with an investigatory or experimental practice and with an interest in working in public space.Artists, researchers and curators who work with new media including but not limited to photography, film, installation, sound, performance, publication or archive are welcome.

Waza art centre - D.R.Congo


Vansa - South Africa

We are interested in the practice of territoriality, what it means to create connections and relations across hostile territories. We will not offer the artist an exhibition. However artists interested in experimentation, research and collective/participatory practice are welcome to apply.